Bird sightings

Recent bird sightings as reported to the Massachusetts ­Audubon Society:

Migration was in full swing this week, culminated by the first appearance of several new species and good numbers of many others. Among the more recent arrivals were reports of semipalmated plover, lesser yellowlegs, semipalmated sandpiper, short-billed dowitcher, least tern, yellow-billed and black-billed cuckoo, common nighthawk, whip-poor-will, Eastern wood-pewee, willow and least flycatcher, yellow-throated vireo, cliff swallow, Swainson’s thrush, warblers including Cape May, bay-breasted, blackburnian, blackpoll, Canada, and Wilson’s, as well as white-crowned sparrow, scarlet tanager, rose-breasted grosbeak, indigo bunting, and bobolink.

Newburyport: In Newburyport Harbor there were 58 greater yellowlegs, six lesser yellowlegs, 30 semipalmated sandpipers, 250 dunlin, four short-billed dowitchers, 140 Bonaparte’s gulls, and an immature gull.

Plum Island: Reports from Parker River National Wildlife Refuge this week included 15 glossy ibises, a king rail, three caspian terns, a black-billed cuckoo, a willow flycatcher, three least flycatchers, a blue-headed vireo, a common raven, two veeries, a Swainson’s thrush, 19 species of warblers including a Kentucky warbler, a clay-colored sparrow, and a white-crowned sparrow.


Rowley: In the salt pans near Pikul’s Farm on Route 1A, 25 glossy ibises, a ruff, and three Wilson’s phalaropes have been present for most of the week, and not far away a yellow-crowned night-heron has been seen on several occasions in the vicinity of the Newbury boat ramp by the bridge crossing the Parker River.

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Revere: Observed at Point of Pines were 15 manx shearwaters, five piping plovers, and an Iceland gull.

Marblehead: At Marblehead Neck Wildlife Sanctuary a summer tanager has been present since last weekend.

Cambridge: Mount Auburn Cemetery has hosted many migrants all week, most notably 19 species of warblers, several scarlet tanagers, and rose-breasted grosbeaks.

Braintree: A report from Pond Meadow Park included an Eastern wood-pewee, nine red-eyed vireos, two blue-gray gnatcatchers, a dozen species of warblers including blue-winged, Nashville, 14 Northern parulas, chestnut-sided, blackburnian, blackpoll, American redstart, and Northern waterthrush.


Boston: In the Boston Public Garden, there were sightings of black-billed cuckoo, willow and least flycatcher, cedar waxwing, and several species of warblers.

Among the many migrants reported from Franklin Park this week were yellow-throated vireo, wood thrush, a good variety of warblers including blackburnian, black-throated blue, black-throated green, and Wilson’s as well as 24 white-throated sparrows, two bobolinks, and an orchard oriole.

Westport: At Gooseberry Neck, many migrants were noted this week coming in off the waters of Buzzards Bay. Among them, 18 species of warblers including orange-crowned, Kentucky, bay-breasted, and Canada were spotted.

Miscellaneous: Reports this week included two yellow-billed cuckoos at Fowl Meadows Conservation Land in Canton; four common nighthawks in Wayland; seven cliff swallows at the Hanover Street Bridge in Newbury; and a vesper sparrow at Denehy Park in Cambridge.

A survey of the Kettle Island heron colony this week produced nest totals of 201 great egrets, 167 snowy egrets, six little blue herons, 46 black-crowned night-herons, and 65 glossy ibises.

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